This week, at The Cuttlebug Spot, the Fair is our inspiration. Instead of the exhibits and food and hot sweaty crowds I chose to go back to a magical time when I was young and in love and carnival rides at night were about the most romantic thing I could imagine. Do you remember your first kiss on the top of a Ferris Wheel? Could anything be sweeter?
I have to admit I bought the Cricut Lite Carousel cartridge specifically for this challenge (thanks, Nilda, always the enabler!) I started out cutting in bright Fair colors but couldn't find paper for the background I wanted to emboss. I came across this piece of midnight blue and tried embossing with the Christmas Stars limited edition Cuttlebug folder (available at Custom Crops) but the embossing really didn't show up until I inked it with platinum. It immediately took me back to a very special time in my life and my idea was born. (There are just some things you never forget. Even after 40+ years. :D )
I recut the Ferris Wheel in gold foil card stock and embossed the base with one of the borders from Just My Type. The banner is also cut from Carousel and the flags are embossed individually with the tiny dots from the Cuttlebug Butterfly cutting combo. The crescent moon is another cutting combo called Halloween. The double scallop background punch is MS and the blue and base for the easel are embossed with the new Cuttlebug Polka Dots 5x7 folder.
"Magical" is a combination of the Cuttlebug alphas Curls and Swirls and Typewriter. "Kisses" is trimmed from "hugs & kisses" from the Love Language card making combo. The cool ticket is from another of the fab new Cuttlebug Embossing Plus folders called Vintage Collage which I printed on the computer and outlined with a Micron pen. The tiny hearts were a $1 punch from M's. Then I added loads and loads (and LOADS) of adhesive beads to resemble the lights.
To add even further dimension to the easel I cut a strip of paper and folded it into a sort of square "C" and attached it to the back of the wheel and the background for a pop-up mechanism so the Ferris wheel really stood out from the starry sky.
As you can see, the card still folds up (fairly) flat for mailing. I hope you enjoyed this one as much as I did making it. Perhaps it will bring back magical memories of your own.
Be sure to stop by The Cuttlebug Spot to view the cards and say good bye to the existing Design Team. New things are ahead for The Cuttlebug Spot. September is our two year anniversary and next Monday Nilda will put out a call for new faces and talent. If you've ever dreamed of being part of a Design Team, next week is your chance to apply. This may well be my last week as an "official" member of The Cuttlebug Spot and I thank Nilda and my Design Team Sisters for a truly wonderful experience. Now don't forget to play along this week because we have a fabulous $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp. But remember your card must be "new", follow the theme, and include some embossing. Best of luck.